Halloween Hairiness & More Putzing…Lone Pine, CA
I left you hanging in the last post with the horror of an RV Halloween gathering right around the corner. Ooooooooo….
It all started with the ominous convergence of not just two, but three young & nutty RV couples right here in the Alabama Hills. Watsons Wander crept out of their BLM campground and sneaked into a spot just around the corner, while Gone With The Wynns slipped away from their Mono Lake hideout and furtively landed a rocky pad to our direct south. We eyed each other suspiciously for a day or so before bringing it all together in a horrifying Halloween bash at our home base. Pumpkins ready for the slaughter of carving knives, spider-web oatmeal cookes, zombie make-up….oh, the hideousness of it all! The creative Wynns, as is their way, even produced a snazzy video of the whole event (which I will link to as soon as it becomes available) in which their Youtube fan-base will vote for best pumpkin (hint: Vote wheelingit, or else….). A fabulous evening all-around which simply epitomizes the fun random RV-gatherings can be on the road.
While our pumpkins were withering and our stomachs processing the gruesome snacks we redeemed ourselves with further putzing…as promised of course. We’ve done many previous hikes around this area including the classic jaunt up the Whitney Portal and the more hidden (but equally lovely) hike to the Ashram. This time around we decided to attack the 13-mile road that winds precipitously up the hill just south of here to Horseshoe Meadows. The drive itself is quite exciting (and not for the faint of heart when it comes to sheer drop-offs) and takes you from 4,000 feet to ~10,000 in just 30 minutes with some pretty spectacular views. Once landed you’ll be in the midst of a vast high-alpine meadow where you can day-hike into the John Muir & Golden Trout Wilderness areas. We did a “putzing” kind of hike following the trail for a few miles until we got to a splendid stream that just insisted we sit down and rest. Not exactly an epic hike, but pretty darn lovely and it did burn off some extra calories from our pumpkin fest.
And of course there’s the general putzing. Really not much more to say about that since the photos speak for themselves…
This winds up our week in Lone Pine. Tomorrow we head on south back to civilization and our next destination. We managed to spend just over 3 weeks hanging around Hwy 395, all of it boondocking. Not bad for “beast” size and certainly perfect for the paws and our nature-loving souls. This route always refreshes me and sates my appetite for mountain highs. We may have seen the last of the Sierra’s for this year, but it’s certainly not the last for our RV travels.
P.S. Turns out putting “RV Sue” in the title of my last blog post snagged aaaalmost as many extra hits as when I put “naked” in there a few weeks ago. That girl’s got some fans! This of course prompted Sue to speculate what would happen if I put “naked RV Sue” in the title….hmmmm….may have to try that one sometime 🙂
POST EDIT. The video link is up and it’s a blast! Check it out: